Whataboutism

Trump: Will I get along with him [Vladimir Putin]? I have no idea. It’s very possible I won’t.

Bill O’Reilly: He’s a killer, though. Putin’s a killer.

Trump: There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?

– President Donald J. Trump, February 4, 2017

Never Been Proven

If he has killed reporters I think that’s terrible. But this isn’t like somebody that’s stood with a gun and he’s taken the blame or he’s admitted that he’s killed. He’s always denied it.

It’s never been proven that he’s killed anybody, so you know you’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty at least in our country he has not been proven that he’s killed reporters.

– President Donald J. Trump, December, 2015, defending his buddy Valdimir Putin’s fascist regime that hasn’t prosecuted itself

Who’s Tough on Putin

Well, if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia. Russia can help us fight ISIS, which by the way is, number one, tricky. I mean, if you look, this administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time. The void was created, ISIS was formed. If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what, folks, that’s called an asset, not a liability. Now, I don’t know that I’m going to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do. But there’s a good chance I won’t. And if I don’t, do you honestly believe that Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me? Does anybody in this room really believe that? Give me a break.

— President Donald J. Trump, January 11, 2017